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Cravaack Whimpers About Recess Appointments

by Dan Burns on January 10, 2012

From the always intriguing (in its sublime disregard for reality) website of Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN/NH).

President Obama’s extraordinary ‘recess appointments’ circumvents the American people and harms the economy. The appointment of Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is an assault on the U.S. Constitution and an unprecedented abuse of executive power. Attempting to make a ‘recess appointment’ when the Senate is not even in recess epitomizes unaccountable Washington politics. Importantly, today I joined with 95 of my colleagues in a letter to the President expressing my strong objection to this dangerous misuse of executive power.

Let’s look more closely at this “unprecedented abuse of executive power.”


According to reports from the Congressional Research Service, during their time in office President Ronald Reagan made 240 recess appointments, President George H. W. Bush made 77 recess appointments, President Bill Clinton made 140 recess appointments, and George W. Bush made 171. Obama’s first term has seen a paltry 28. In this context, Obama’s move seems less like a power grab and more like the proverbial 98-pound weakling taking a second to wipe the sand out of his eyes.

Like any other Tea Party politician, Cravaack doesn’t even bother to make a pretense of concern for having any factual basis for his claims.  He knows that that isn’t what his base cares about, any more than he does.

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